Reporting to the Founding Head of School, the Director of Institutional Advancement will provide vision, leadership, and coordination in creating an inclusive and innovative culture of giving that broadens the school’s base of philanthropic support and good will across multiple constituencies. In particular, the Director’s responsibilities will include the following:
Working with the Founding Head and the Board’s Advancement Committee to build a strong and innovative culture of giving across multiple constituencies, inside and outside of the school community.
Identifying, researching, and cultivating current and prospective donors at all levels, including corporations and foundations as well as individuals.
Establishing data systems for current and prospective donors and, pending the engagement of additional support staff, maintaining giving records in accordance with best practices.
Overseeing the stewardship of all gifts, including the preparation of grant reports.
Providing reports and analysis of the results of advancement efforts.
Working with parent volunteers on fundraising initiatives and events.
Attending school events, including parent and donor functions on weekends and evenings.
Performing other duties as assigned by the Founding Head of School.
At least five years of experience in a comprehensive advancement office, including annual giving, solicitation of major and planned gifts, corporate and foundation grants.
Ability to articulate and generate excitement for the mission of Thaden School.
Ability work with a highly diverse school community.
Knowledge of principles, methods, and practices of the fundraising profession.
Knowledge of research techniques and resources in philanthropy and nonprofit organizations.
Experience in fast-paced work environments that require versatility and resourcefulness.
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
Excellent writing, speaking, and presentation skills (experience in communications a plus).
Experience with Raiser’s Edge preferred.
Discretion and skill in the handling highly confidential information.
Internal Number: 6726
About Thaden School
A non-sectarian independent school under the direction of its own board, Thaden School offers a challenging and innovative educational program that ignites in students a passion for discovery and learning, prepares them to succeed in college, and inspires them to lead lives of integrity, purpose, and responsible global citizenship.
At the core of the school’s mission is a commitment to balance that takes many forms: a curriculum that integrates the sciences and the humanities; indoor and outdoor teaching spaces where sustainability is a tangible part of the lesson; hands-on programs for civic engagement; athletics and physical education programs that build confidence and character through competition and meaningful participation; and a diverse faculty and staff that empower students to think deeply and expansively about their potential and place in the world. The school’s remarkably robust indexed tuition program supports the creation of a balanced learning community where students of many perspectives, talents, and interests come learn and grow stronger together.
Located on a 30-acre campus in downtown Bentonville, the school is walking distance from the town square, Bright...water Culinary Institute, The Momentary (Crystal Bridges’ center for contemporary arts), and a variety of other educational resources. The school has also engaged a world-class team of architects to design an enduring and innovative campus that will spark curiosity, inspire creativity, and invite reflection. The principal designer, Marlon Blackwell, is the 2020 recipient of the American Institute of Architect’s Gold Medal, the Institute’s highest honor. The
school’s first permanent buildings opened last fall, and the campus master plan will be completed in the fall of 2021.
With more than 500,000 residents, the region combines a thriving economy with the natural beauty of the Ozarks and a rich variety of cultural and recreational amenities such as the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Razorback Regional Greenway, the Scott Family Amazeum, and the Bentonville Film Festival. Northwest Arkansas is also home to the world headquarters of three Fortune 500 companies (Walmart, Tyson Foods, and J.B. Hunt) as well as the University of Arkansas. For more information about the region and its national rankings, see Finding NWA and
the website for the Northwest Arkansas Council. The school’s website features videos and additional
information regarding its educational programs, faculty and leadership.